The book, Great Anicient Egypt Projects (You Can Build Yourself), has arrived! I quickly dove in and can certainly say that this was worth the investment. It is filled with historical facts, an introduction to housing, agriculture, transportation, Egyptian crafts and projects, and lots more. I’ve only gotten about half-way through, but I can’t wait to share some of the ideas I’ve gleaned.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but Egypt is FULL of sand. It would be fun to have a few of those kiddie pools hanging around (indoors on tarp or outdoors) filled with sand and a few fake scorpions or frogs. Kids could dig through them and find the little creatures!
Wall Paintings were everywhere. I was thinking of using the brown paper (5 feet tall) I got from Uline to line the hallways and then decorate the paper with wall paintings. I’m hoping to get someone to draw Egyptian-like depictions of people in the church. That would be a hoot!
Egyptians generally got their water from a well (or the Nile). You could build your own well by covering shoe-boxes with brown paper, arranging them in a circle (several layers high) and gluing them together. Then put a clean bucket of water inside and have your snack people ladle up a drink for the kids at snack time!
The book is full of great pictures that could be enlarged and used as decorations and to illustrate what Ancient Egyptian life was like. Speaking of pictures, cats and dogs were very popular with the Egyptians, and I thought I could ask for pet pictures from our congregation and put them up as decoration. Encourage your shop keepers to bring in pictures of their pets to display in the shop. Maybe have a few hung up and have the kids try to guess which pet belongs to who (an interactive display!).
Tug-a-war and leap frog were both popular in Ancient Egypt. These would be great “back burner” games if you need to fill a few extra minutes.
We all know Senet was a big hit with young and old alike. Mancala was also very popular as well as Mehen. I’ll have to do some more research on Mehen, but Mancala is still a popular game today. In fact, I Just picked up two sets at Wal-mart for $4.97 each. There are instructions on how to make your own Senet game and two sets of rules to play by (p44-45). Email me and I’d be happy to send them along!
Admittedly, I haven’t look real well at Group’s materials yet, so they might already suggest this. The book suggests using milk or juice cartons to make your mud bricks in (p31). That’s something that will be easy to collect from the congregation. Now, where to find enough dirt?
Here’s a few ideas I gleaned from, the book: Bread (beer bread, bread with parsley or coriande in it, etc), grapes, and even a recipe to make your own date candy in 10 minutes (email me- I’m happy to send it out!).
Who knew making an Egyptian headdress was so simple? It’s called a Nemes and all you need to make your own is a piece of striped fabric (1 yard x 1 yard), a safety pin and 5 minutes.
Here’s the instructions to make your own Egyptian headdress (found on page 52):
1. Place the material flat against your forehead
2. Pull the material behind your head (over your ears) and secure with a safety pin. Now just let the rest of the materials fall on your shoulders.
Well, that’s all for now. Pick up your own copy or stay tuned for more great ideas!